Category: Child Upbringing (Tarbiyyah)
Fatwa#: 41468
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Nov 30,2018

Title: What do these names mean?

Question

Naming a child

 

Assalamualikum,

My brother's baby girl due date is in next couple of weeks. We liked the following names for the baby girl, could you please suggest meaning of the following names.

Sharfeen Sana

Sharfeen Shahila

Hiba Zainab

 

Thank you

Azeez

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Islam emphasizes that Muslims should have good names and give good names to their children.

It is the infant's vested right to be honoured with a good name. When choosing a name for the child, it should be done with the intention that the child will be blessed with the barakah of that name. [i]

Consider the following hadeeth:

إِنَّكُمْ تُدْعَوْنَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِأَسْمَائِكُمْ وَأَسْمَاءِ آبَائِكُمْ فَأَحْسِنُوا أَسْمَاءَكُمْ

Translation: On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and by your father's names, so give yourselves good names.

(Sunan-Abu Dawood, Kitaabul Adab)

Hereunder are the names with their meanings:

Sharfeen: Not an Arabic name. Not a suitable name.

Sana: Means bright faced (سنا) or high in status ((السناء. [ii]

Shahila: Means black eyed. Not a suitable name. [iii]

Hiba: Means a gift/gifted one.

Zainab: Daughter of Nabi (ﷺ). Means a fragrant flower. [iv]

 

The name of a person has an effect on the individual’s personality and his/her characteristics. Therefore, we advise you to adopt the names of the companions (Sahabaah/Sahabiyyaah) of Nabi (ﷺ).

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 


المحيط البرهاني (5/ 89) [i]

وفي «الفتاوى»: التسمية باسم لم يذكره الله تعالى في كتابه ولا ذكره رسول الله عليه السلام، ولا استعمله المسلمون تكلموا فيه، والأولى أن لا تفعل

 

نفع المفتي والسائل بجمع متفرقات المسائل (ص: 377)

??(الاسْتِفْسَارُ: تسميةُ الأولادِ بما لم يذكرْ في كتابِ الله ، ولا في سنَّةِ رسول الله، وما سبقَهُ المسلمون، هل يجوز؟

الاسْتِبْشَارُ: تكلَّموا فيه: والأَوْلَى أن لا يفعلَ ذلك . كذا في ((نصاب الاحتساب)) في (الباب الخامس والأربعين)

 

 المعجم الوسيط الصفحة ٢٨٠[ii]

سنا: أضاء

السناء: الضياء العلو و رفعة المقام

 

 المعجم الوسيط الصفحة ٣٠٣[iii]

الشهلاء: عين شهلاء: سوادها مخلوط بالزرقة

القاموس الوحيد الصفحة ٧١٩  [iv]

 

فتاؤي دار العلوم زكريا جلد 7  ص598  زمزم

 

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